Thanks for all your well wishes, I’m feeling a little better (although can’t stop coughing) but Tony is still really ill. Poor old thing.

So, I finally finished Swallowtail when I was in France. It’s only been on my needles since April!! By the time I got to the cast off, I was so sick of it, and so desperate to get it finished already that I ignored the fancy cast off in the pattern, and just did a regular cast off, as loosely as possible. And whaddayaknow, it didn’t work. When it came to blocking, the darned shawl was pulling in all directions. I’d get the top straight, and the middle wouldn’t straighten. And I could NOT get the edging nice and pointy. Talk about ruining the ship for a haaporth of tar. Never mind, its still quite pretty, just so long as you don’t know what its supposed to look like (and since this is a gift and the recipient is not a knitter, I think we’re good to go!).

I have pictures of the Swiss Cheese scarf and Tangled Yoke to show you later in the week.

Innocent’s The Big Knit 2008

Every year Innocent run a campaign to get knitters to knit little hats for their smoothie bottles. For every behatted bottle sold, Sainsburys and Innocent will give 50p per bottle sold to Age Concern to help keep older people warm in winter.

It’s a really sad and largely unknown fact that every winter, over 25,000 older people die from cold related illnesses. It’s tough for many to get enough food, warmth or activity to stay fit and healthy. The money raised from The Big Knit goes towards providing hot meals, blankets and advice to older people on how to keep their houses warm.

Last year over £200,000 was raised for Age Concern and this year they’re looking to raise lots lots more. All you need to do is knit a little hat and pop it in the post (there are patterns and galleries of hats on the Innocent website). They’ll do the rest. Please remember to send your hats by 17th October to: The Big Knit, 1 The Goldhawk Estate, Brackenbury Road W6 0BA. Don’t forget to pop a note on the envelope with your name and address and the number of hats knitted.

Men Down

Ugh, we are both really poorly. I started a cold last Tuesday, but instead of it going away over the weekend as I hoped, it got worse and worse. I can’t stop coughing, and I’m shivery and achy, and Iwantmymummy. And Tony is even worse than I am (and yes, I know that men are always worse, but he really is worse). I’m going to pack up all the parcels from last night’s sale and go back to bed and stay there for, oh I don’t know, about a month.

Friday’s Yarn

Here are some more of my favourites from this week’s yarn:

Arabella Cheeky

Diana Mulberry

Eva 4ply Sleeping Beauty

Eva 2ply Bonbon

Laura Fireworks

Isabella Pucci

The shop preview is now up. See you on Sunday!

Autumn is Here

Despite the beautiful weather we’ve been having this week, I’ve reluctantly concluded that Autumn is nearly here. The leaves are turning, and there’s a nip in the air that makes an evening woodfire more of a necessity than a luxury. Never mind, I love Autumn. Frosty mornings, crunchy leaves, blackberries, woodsmoke, an excuse not to shave my legs….. I’ve ordered a big load of hardwood logs, and dusted off my soup pan. I’m ready.

And Tony has been getting into the Autumn vibe too, with some gorgeous wam colourways. Here are some of my favourites from this week’s update (my camera has an unreasonable aversion to red, so these colourways are a lot prettier in person, trust me).

Miranda Mocha

Lucia Vermont

Sophia 4ply Sultry

Sophia 2ply Flames

Diana L’Amour

Miranda Ambergris

More previews tomorrow…….